The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 18, 2008.
By United Press International

Fishburne signs on for 'Armored' role

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Laurence Fishburne, French actor Jean Reno and Milo Ventimiglia are set to star in the new heist film "Armored," a report said Friday.

Tarantino honored at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was honored Sunday with the 2008 Ray-Ban Visionary Award at the Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah.

Stars line up for Shelly Foundation gala

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A foundation created to honor the memory of filmmaker Adrienne Shelly is planning an inaugural benefit in New York to help female writers and directors.

Coppola pleads for computer's return

BUENOS AIRES , Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is imploring thieves to return a computer device they snatched from his home in Buenos Aires.

Travolta family spends summer in Conn.

GREENWICH, Conn., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor John Travolta and his family have reportedly relocated to Greenwich, Conn., for the summer to work on the new Disney movie, “Old Dogs.”

Matt Dillon to star in 'Old Dogs'

LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- Actor Matt Dillon is preparing to join Robin Williams and John Travolta in Los Angeles for the shooting of Walt Disney Pictures comedy "Old Dogs."

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007.
By United Press International

Actress 'suicide' now termed homicide

NEW YORK, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A New York construction worker was charged with murder Monday in the death of actress Adrienne Shelly, which was originally ruled a suicide.

Actress Shelly allegedly commits suicide

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- New York police said that 40-year-old indie film actress Adrienne Shelly apparently committed suicide Wednesday at her Greenwich Village apartment. While the city's medical examiner has not officially pronounced the actress' cause of death, her body was f

Dillon: My performance is no impersonation

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Matt Dillon says his depiction of a down-and-out writer in the new film, "Factotum," is not meant to be an impression of author Charles Bukowski.

Stars of 'Crash' not getting paid well

NEW YORK, July 25 (UPI) -- This year's Oscar winner for best picture "Crash" has not been the money making machine that co-writer and director Paul Haggis thought it would be.

Kate Hudson talks to 'The Early Show'

NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- "You, Me and Dupree's" Kate Hudson talks about her latest role, her childhood crushes and her parents influence on her life in an interview with "The Early Show

Owen Wilson to star in 'Drillbit Taylor'

HOLLYWOOD, June 20 (UPI) -- Owen Wilson is set to star in a new comedy from Paramount Pictures called "Drillbit Taylor."

More stars added to 2006 MTV Movie Awards

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- The 2006 MTV Movie Awards expanded its star-studded lineup Monday with Colin Ferrell, Jessica Simpson, Amanda Bynes and Dane Cook.
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Matt Dillon
American actot Matt Dillon arrives in London's Leicester Sq for the British Academy Film awards on Sunday February 19 2006.(UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Matthew Raymond "Matt" Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an American actor and film director. He began acting in the late 1970s, gaining fame as a teenage idol during the 1980s.

Matthew Raymond Dillon was born in New Rochelle, New York, to second-generation Irish American parents Mary Ellen, a homemaker, and Paul Dillon, a portrait painter and sales manager for Union Camp, a packing material manufacturer. He was raised in a close-knit Roman Catholic family as the second of six children. Through his father, Dillon is related to comic strip artist Alex Raymond. Dillon has one sister and four brothers, one of whom, Kevin Dillon, is also an actor, and appears on the hit TV series Entourage which has earned him several Emmy nominations in the supporting actor comedy category. Dillon grew up in Mamaroneck, New York and before dropping out in junior year he attended Mamaroneck High School.

In 1977, Jane Bernstein and a friend were helping director Jonathan Kaplan cast the violent teen drama Over the Edge when they found Dillon cutting class at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont. Dillon auditioned for a role and made his debut in the film. The film received a regional, limited theatrical release in May 1979, and grossed only slightly over $200,000. Dillon's performance was well-received, which led to his casting in two films released the following year; the teenage sex comedy Little Darlings, in which Kristy McNichol's character loses her virginity to a boy from the camp across the lake, played by Dillon, and the more serious teen dramedy My Bodyguard, where he played a high-school bully opposite Chris Makepeace. The films, released in March and July 1980, respectively, were box office successes and raised Dillon's profile among teenage audiences.

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